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‘Enough is enough – I need to grieve for my son’: Chris Kaba’s family are tired of waiting for answers after his death | UK News

Six months since Chris Kaba’s death, his parents Prosper and Helen are still not able to mourn their loss.

They sat down with me ahead of a community event commemorating their son’s death in Streatham Hill, south London.

We’re sitting on white chairs in front of a blue balloon arch that frames a mounted picture of their son with the words “Justice for Chris Kaba” printed on it.

There’s a table underneath which also has three photographs of the 24-year-old, including one of him as a baby.

Chris was a dad-to-be but he never got to meet his baby daughter, who was born after his death, just days before his funeral.

Raising their granddaughter while mourning their son has been heartbreaking, his parents tell me.

“It’s really difficult,” Helen says.

Prosper, who has just returned from Congo, where extended family are also mourning Chris’s passing, adds: “What will I tell my granddaughter one day when she asks me: ‘Where’s my dad? What happened to my dad?’

“What can I say?”

Justice for Chris Kaba gathering

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Questions plague the family’s minds.

Prosper and Helen are clutching each other’s hands tightly. They are united in grief that is palpable – they’ve been through an extraordinary amount together over the past six months.

They learned of their son’s death by phone call, watching bodycam footage of the incident, and have been told to wait for answers which may be delivered by the police watchdog.

‘We want the truth’

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been investigating Chris’s death and is expected to deliver its report within the next three months.

But the family’s patience is wearing thin.

Helen tells us: “We want the truth.

“We want to know what happened and why and how.

“I need the answer.

“I’ve been waiting for six months, I can’t wait for another six months.

“Enough is enough, I need an answer.

“I need to grieve for my son.

“Enough is enough, enough is enough.

“We can’t wait any longer, we need answers.

“We need a verdict, we need to grieve for Chris.”

Chris Kaba pictured as a boy. He died after being shot by police
Chris Kaba pictured as a boy

‘All of it has been hurting hard’

When I ask them about not being able to mourn his loss yet, they both shake their heads vigorously.

Prosper explains: “How are we meant to grieve without any justice?

“We want answers for our questions: our boy was killed – why?

“It’s been hard, very hard.

“All of it has been hurting hard.

“My family is devastated, my life is devastated. There is no more life.”

They both emphasise their need for answers.

“Why should it take six months?” Prosper says.

Chris Kaba's funeral
Chris Kaba’s funeral was in November

Some 60 people gathered at the New Park Road Baptist Church on Saturday night to show their solidarity with the family.

A video compilation of images and videos of Chris play on repeat via a projector as one by one, Chris’ cousin, Jefferson, and then his mother, and then father addressed the group.

The church is just a four-minute walk from where Chris was shot.

After sharing experiences, the group decide to retrace Chris’s route on the night of the 5 September 2022 to Kirkstall Gardens.

Supporters of the Kaba family after a memorial to remember Chris

They sang, chanted and held a minute’s silence in his memory – all holding candles.

Some cried and others stood in silence on the quiet residential road just before 10pm, around the time of the shooting six months ago.

They may face a long legal road ahead but their yearning for answers deepens and their voices are loud.

IOPC ‘awaiting an external report’

On the anniversary of Chris’s death, many are on tenterhooks waiting for the IOPC’s findings.

An IOPC spokesperson told us: “We are confident that our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Chris Kaba will conclude with the six-to-nine-month timeframe we specified at the outset.

“We are awaiting an external report which we require in order to conclude our investigation, finalise our report and then decide whether or not to refer a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision.

“We continue to provide regular updates to representatives for the Kaba family in line with the IOPC policy.”

Last hopes for possible answers to unsolved murders gone as serial killer Peter Tobin dies after falling ill in prison | UK News

Serial killer Peter Tobin has died after falling ill in prison where he was serving three life sentences.

He was taken from HMP Edinburgh to hospital, thought to be the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, on Wednesday and subsequently died, sources said.

He was serving a life sentence for raping and murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, and hiding her body under the floor of a Glasgow church in 2006.

The killer, who was 76, was also serving life terms for the murders of 15-year-old schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton, of Redding, near Falkirk, in 1991, and 18-year-old Dinah McNicol the same year.

Undated handout photos of victims of serial killer Peter Tobin (left - right) Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol. Peter Tobin has died after becoming unwell at the prison where he was serving three life sentences. He was taken from HMP Edinburgh to hospital, thought to be the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, on Wednesday and subsequently died, sources said. Issue date: Saturday October 8, 2022.
Tobin’s victims (left – right) Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol

Their bodies were found 17 years later, buried in the garden of his former home in Margate, Kent.

Dinah went missing while hitch-hiking home from a music festival in Liphook, Hampshire. Vicky disappeared from a bus stop in Bathgate, West Lothian, while Angelika was working as a cleaner at a church in Anderston, Glasgow, when she vanished.

The murderer, rapist and paedophile was said to have been in “total denial” about his crimes and never admitted his guilt for the killings he carried out.

Detective Chief Superintendent Laura Thomson, head of major crime at Police Scotland, said after Tobin’s death was announced there had been “recent attempts to encourage him to do the right thing” and give police information about other crimes he may have committed.

Peter Tobin, whom police are seeking in connection to a missing Polish student, is seen in this undated handout photograph released by Strathclyde Police on September 30, 2006. Scottish police searching for the missing Polish woman have found a body hidden in the Glasgow church where she had been staying, Strathclyde Police said on Saturday. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Strathclyde Police/Handout (BRITAIN)
Tobin in 2006

Operation Anagram

Over the years, police have looked at hundreds of other unsolved murders to see if they could also be linked to Tobin.

That operation, codenamed Anagram, began in 2006 and was wound down in 2011.

Officers believe Tobin had at least 40 aliases and 150 cars during his life to hide his tracks as he targeted vulnerable women.

Police officers dig in a garden behind the Marine Parade former residence of serial murderer Peter Tobin, in Brighton southern England July 21, 2010. The police are searching in the grounds of a number of properties that Tobin used to live in. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY)
Police dig the garden of Tobin’s former home in Brighton

In 2010, two addresses in Sussex – Marine Parade in Brighton and Station Road in Portslade – both the Scottish murderer’s former homes, became the subject of police searches for more than a week.

As Anagram was postponed, Detective Superintendent David Swindle, of the then Strathclyde Police, who led the operation, voiced hope Tobin would give up his secrets before he died in prison.

But the killer has now taken those secrets with him to the grave.

Mr Swindle said: “Peter Tobin is totally evil. He has absolutely no respect for human life.”

Wife beater

Born in August 1946 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Tobin’s life of crime began after he was sent to a reform school at the age of seven.

In his teens and early twenties he served jail terms for burglary, forgery and conspiracy. Then, in 1994 he was jailed for 14 years for a sickening double sex attack on two schoolgirls.

Tobin had plied the teenagers with a cocktail of drugs and alcohol at his flat in Havant, Hampshire, before abusing them.

He went on the run, but was found after hiding in a Christian drop-in centre in Coventry under a false name.

Tobin was also a serial wife beater, with all three of his former spouses claiming he repeatedly and viciously attacked them.